Setting up the camber and toe on a remote controlled (RC) car is essential for achieving optimal performance, handling and grip. Camber is the angle between the vertical plane of the wheel and the vertical axis of the car when viewed from the front.
Toe is defined as the difference between the leading edge of the tires when viewed from directly above. By adjusting these two settings, RC racers can fine-tune their cars to fit their individual driving style, track conditions and preferences.
To adjust camber on an RC car, loosen or tighten either one or both of the turnbuckles (depending on your vehicle type). Loosening a turnbuckle will increase camber while tightening it will decrease it.
When setting up camber for a race, most drivers opt for a slightly negative number, as this will provide more grip and better stability during cornering. It’s important to take into account that different tires behave differently and therefore require different camber settings.
To adjust toe on an RC car, loosen or tighten either one or both of the tie rods (depending again on your vehicle type). Toe can be either positive or negative, depending on your preferences.
Positive toe-in will provide more stability during acceleration and cornering while negative toe-out will result in less grip but quicker turn-in response. As with camber setup, it’s important to take into account that different tires require different toe settings.
Camber and toe are two very important suspension settings that can drastically affect how an RC car handles. Adjusting them requires some knowledge and practice but once you get used to it you’ll be able to fine-tune your car for any track condition or driving style. Remember to always take into account what type of tire you have installed since this can greatly affect your setup.